Answer: What shoes does a mom wear to the city beach?

Last week it was time for my annual conundrum: What kind of shoe is a city mom supposed to wear in summer? Sure, five years ago when sweet freedom and tube tops allowed me to festoon my feet with whatever super cute thing went on sale, life was easy. I once walked eight city blocks in 5-inch wooden platforms just to see a show at the Beat Kitchen. But like Kony 2012, some things are just over. Now I must think in more practical terms. What shoes can I wear to plow through long stretches of  dirty sand at the city beach with my double stroller and 80 pounds of children/bags/crap? And still look a little bit adorable?

I posed this question to the experts. My friend Cat who writes the famous shoe blog Cat In Heels came to the rescue on the matter by first confirming my suspicion that Keens are the work of Lucifer,

"Before I could ever respond to her question, Jenna had invested in a pair of Jambu Women's Odyssey Sport Sandals, which are totally not awful. At least she didn't give into the Teva or Keen suggestions. They may be comfy as hell, but they look ridiculous if you're just wearing them to hang out in."

Keens really are the worst. I mean, some would argue they are the best. So durable! So functional! But traditional Keens are one step above Crocs, which are one step above Skele-Toes. Don't give up on life. Stay away from all of this.

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Keens = NO.

Cat goes on to suggest boat shoes and ballet flats of various brands. The post is worth a read and the rest of her blog is a feast of shoe porn. Check it out when you get another five minutes to yourself between diapers and vomit. I must correct her that I didn't actually purchase the Jambu shoe. Those were suggested to me by other moms on Facebook along with the following:

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Sanuk Yoga Mat

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Naot

But I decided to go with three different pairs, two Clarks and yes, a Keen. But a pretty one! I swear! Kind of! It was Cousin Marilyn! Here's what I actually bought.

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Clark's Latin Samba Thong Sandal

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Keen Women La Paz Sandal

And just for old time's sake, I also got these because when I'm not schlepping or shopping, I might be dangerous.

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Be&D Nickel Leather "Richmond" Studded Platform Pumps.

Amen.

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  • Woo-hoo! Score one for me and a "not awful" shoe pick! :) Little victories...

  • In reply to ClaireB:

    They are cute! I just got trigger happy with the Clark's, which I didn't realize are basically the same shoes I bought last spring.

  • At least you'll have options this year! I like those Jambu ones, but right now the grey in my size are almost $100. I don't think they're *quite* $100 worth of cute :) 6pm.com is good for shoes and bags too.

  • In reply to ClaireB:

    Yeah, it would have to be pretty amazing for that. I just have a hard time getting excited about flats in general, and especially more "durable" flats. Ugh. It kills me to spend even a dollar for something that only brings me happiness because it prevents blisters.

    UPDATE - Niko is making me return the Keens. He says they are too ugly!

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